Naps are hard, yo. The first couple of months there’s just no schedule at all. Total anarchy. Then, you slowly carve out a schedule. For us, it was roughly a 2-3-4 schedule – first nap 2 hours after waking up, 2nd nap 3 hours after that, bedtime 4 hours after that. It wasn’t perfect, but there was a general structure to our days that I could count on. And since I work from home at least 2 days a week, I needed that structure.
For the past month or so, that structure has been shaky. Morning naps have been blown off. Afternoon naps have devolved into extended girl talks rather than actual naps. Bedtime was slowly inching up because they were losing their minds earlier and earlier – because they hadn’t slept.
Oh, did I write that paragraph in the past tense? It was supposed to be in the present tense. This is all what’s happening, every day. Driving me up a wall. We’re trying to start transitioning them to one nap a day, but we’re struggling. Usually by 10am they’re starting to fuss and rub their eyes and yawn. THIS IS A TRICK. If we try to put them down for a nap, they’ll fuss and fight and refuse to nap – or they’ll nap for a half hour, just long enough to take the edge off. And then they don’t nap in the afternoon – they literally jump around in their cribs like deranged monkeys, but they don’t nap. Then, around 5pm they’re losing their minds (normally we do bath at 6:30 for 7pm-ish bed).
So, now we’re trying to transition them to one nap a day. The plan is to hold them off till 11am, do lunch, and then put them down after they’re done eating – so they’ll be going down around noon. And eventually push lunch back to a normal time and naptime back to around 1. Of course, there are several issues with this: 1) two babies, losing their minds of tiredness, is tough to take for an hour or two; 2) their day care has already basically said that if they’re tired or fussy, they’re putting them down for a nap. So we need to focus on getting them on this new schedule while they’re home.
I got distracted by RHBH while I was writing, and lost my train of thought. So….good luck to me, I guess?